Keeping Well During Cold and Flu Season

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I sneezed six times this morning in a row.

I’m kinda proud. But also scared. Cold, flu and allergy season is here.

Getting healthy #45 and getting my allergies under control #52 are two items on my life list. As I mentioned in previous posts, I started getting allergy shots and I’m currently about three months into treatment. Last year at this time I was miserable for months and while some of my symptoms did have to do with ragweed running rampid in Houston, some had to do with the common cold. I’m determined to stay well this season so I can enjoy my favorite time of the year. So far, so good. Until this morning – when I sneezed six times in a row.


Time to get serious!

  1. I’ve scheduled the kids flu shots (they get the nasal mist) for next week but hadn’t thought about me and Ed. Considering the fact that when mama doesn’t feel well, everyone suffers – I better think about taking care of myself, too. You know – the whole “put your oxygen mask on yourself first” deal.
  2. We recently put in hard wood floors downstairs so we have a combo of tile and wood floors. I am thrilled to be carpet-free on the first level. I think this will help tremendously with tracking in allergens. I’m also going to enforce the “no shoes in the house” rule.
  3. During the summer we’ve been lazy about taking our vitamins. I’m going to the store today and have put “daily vitamins” on my list of things to get. I also love having vitamin B and C on hand – especially when we haven’t gotten a lot of sleep and have been going at it 100 miles per hour with activities. Also – I start taking them when I feel the first sign of a cold.
  4. Since most of the bugs we get seem to come from school, teaching the kids to wash hands…especially before eating and after playing on the playground, is very important. Both Annie and Jackson are very smart about sneezing into their arm instead of their hands – but if kids they play with don’t…then they’ll catch the bug d’jour. I’m sending a little bottle of hand sanitizer with them on their backpack.
  5. It is possible to be a little germ-a-phoic…but if one person is sick in the house, I think it’s really important to try to keep things clean so others don’t get sick, too. That’s when I get a little Lysol crazy and spray doorknobs, toilet handles, faucets and other areas that everyone touches.
What are you going to do this fall to keep well? Any tips you can share? If you feel bad, it’s hard to live your dream….so let’s help each other keep well this season!
I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Lysol blogging program, for a gift card worth $40. For more information on how you can participate, click here


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    Nicki Woo says:

    Darn it all. I am supposed to be doing something to better my life and the lives of those around me? Shoot. Well, ummmm. . . does Halloween decorating count? Cause I’m totes all over that. And ummm prayer, I generally throw that in to cover all things gross and germy that don’t have to do with Halloween. But okay, if you say so, I’ll go get flu shots and maybe. . . .ummmm wash my kids hands a few times.

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    I have gotten very good at taking my vitamins every day, but this fall I simply MUST find an allergy medicine that works for me. It’s horrible, because I feel like I have the flu 24/7. No time for feeling so run-down!

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    Toni says:

    Hi Jennifer! Keep up with the shots! You’ll see more relief in about 3 more months. Love the new look of the blog.

    -the nurse who pricked you a gazillion times 🙂 P.s. Addicted to your blog!

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